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Lamouchi positive ahead of Reading clash

25 October 2019

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Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi is in a positive mood going into Saturday’s game against Reading as his side look to bounce back.

After consecutive defeats, Lamouchi trusts in his players’ ability to show a reaction and come away with all three points at The City Ground.

He said: “It has been a positive response, of course and I must be positive. I am positive because, despite the two bad results, I think we can play much better than we have done and we probably deserve more points.

“But what is done is done and we can only focus on the next games. I am positive because we are not far behind the other teams. After the second game in the league, I can remember after we played against Leeds with just one point, West Brom were five points ahead of us, so I am positive for many reasons.

“I trust in my players and we are lucky to play the next game at home. Our fans are very important for us; after the last game I was like the players, a bit disappointed for many reasons but especially because there were a lot of fans there, during the week with Champions League football on TV and they were there to support us.

“I hope it will be the same tomorrow, with a different result at the end of course.”

Despite the back-to-back defeats against Wigan and Hull, Lamouchi is confident in his side to get the victory tomorrow afternoon and he knows where his side needs to improve if they are to achieve that.

He said: “We had an amazing start [to the season] but all teams in the Championship will face some bad moments. It is now that we need to come back as soon as possible with the victory. For that, we need to be calm, to play our football simply and to stay together.

“I want the team to be more patient. We want to do well; we try to play well. The performance was not bad but we were impatient to make the difference, impatient to score so when you are impatient sometimes, you are imbalanced and you give the possibility for the opponent to score.

“We need to take more time, show more patience and be more realistic, concrete and consistent during the game. We need more focus, play simpler and be safe in important areas and nothing else – we must be positive.”

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